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    Artist Name:

    William Merritt Chase

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1849–1916


    Still Life with Fish


    ca. 1910


    Oil on canvas


    14 x 18 1/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Bertram Newhouse

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Third Level, Gallery 306
    William Merritt Chase respected the visual reality of his subjects and developed a technical virtuosity that earned him the title of master. Early in his career, Chase painted still lifes to support himself, and he returned to that subject at the end of his career with great success. Though his earliest still lifes were predictable, late-nineteenth-century fare, in the 1890s Chase began to favor the unlikely subjects of dead fish, recalling traditions of the seventeenth-century Dutch painting he so admired. Chase’s bravura brushwork (characterized by boldness and technical virtuosity) is most evident in his rendering of the translucent fish skin, for which he used immediate and fluid brushstrokes.

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